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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts in China by Scenic Architecture Office

 
October 24th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Scenic Architecture Office

As the most integrally preserved canal-town in Shanghai, Zhujiajiao attracts an increasing number of visitors every year with its authentic tradition of eastern China.  The site, located at the entry of the old town, faces two 470-year-old ginkgo trees.  This 1,800 sqm museum will house paintings and other art works related to the history of Zhujiajiao.

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  • Architects: Zhu XiaofengScenic Architecture Office
  • Project: Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts
  • Location: Zhujiajiao town, Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Iwan Baan
  • Software used: CAD, Sketchup, Photoshop, IN design
  • Client: Shanghai Dianshanhu Newtown Development Ltd.
  • Site Area: 1448 sqm
  • Building Area: 1818 sqm
  • Program: Fine Arts Museum
  • Design/Built: 2008-2010
  • Design Team: Li Qitong, Xu Lei, Dong Zhiping, Zhang Hao
  • Structural & MEP: Shanghai Xiandai Huagai Architectural Design Ltd.
  • Material: White painted wall, Glass, Zinc panel roofing, granite

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Our design approach is to delineate an art-visit experience that is rooted in Zhujiajiao.  The architecture will be the carrier of this experience.In the spatial allocation, the central atrium becomes the heart of the circulation.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

On the ground floor, the atrium brings natural light into the surrounding galleries through carefully positioned openings.  On the second floor, a corridor around the outskirt of the atrium links several dispersed “small-house” galleries and courtyards, which absorb surrounding sceneries and provide diverse spaces for small exhibitions and events.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

This building-courtyard layout makes a clear reference to the figure-ground texture of the old town, and orientates the visitors to wander between the art works and the real sceneries with an experience of intimate interactions between matter and thought.  A reflecting pool, laid in the east courtyard on the second floor, accomplishes an ultimate collection by borrowing the reflection of the ginkgo tree into the museum.

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

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Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Iwan Baan

Image Courtesy © Scenic Architecture Office

Image Courtesy © Scenic Architecture Office

Image Courtesy © Scenic Architecture Office

Image Courtesy © Scenic Architecture Office

Image Courtesy © Scenic Architecture Office

Image Courtesy © Scenic Architecture Office

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